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USEFUL INSIGHTS -- ON THE LIVES OF BARBER AND BRITTEN
'... valuable advice for the first-time listener on approaching opera
in general: "Even when you listen only ... do your best to envision the
action, because the composer certainly did." I like his suggestion that
the horn solo in Britten's Serenade acts as a "shadow tenor", and his
explanation of the natural tuning in the work's Prologue should answer
most newcomers' questions.'
Mike Wheeler reviews Daniel Felsenfeld's book 'Samuel Barber and
Benjamin Britten. Their lives and their music'
PROVOCATIVE THOUGHTS WITH PATRIC STANDFORD -- VALUE
'Because music is such an abstract concept, it seems to have suffered
an abstract attitude toward its value from those who listen and play,
but still have no real understanding as to where it comes from and how
its form materialises in a person's mind.'
Read Patric's complete article
Join the debate on how we pay for musical creation
or read the lengthy correspondence between Chad Wozniak and Alistair
Hinton, sparked by Patric's previous offering on the death of
ASK ALICE -- CLASSICAL MUSIC'S AGONY AUNT
'My husband is jealous of my violin -- or, at least, of the time I spend
on it, away from him. We've never had children and until I got good
enough to play in the orchestras we did most things together. Now he
complains when I practice and is sour when I go to rehearsals. Should I
turn down the quartet, for his sake?'
More agonising problems for Alice McVeigh
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